On Sunday, I did my ritual 2 miles before race day. I was going faster that I had expected at an average pace of 7:34 pace, but felt a little dizzy towards the end. A good sign that I needed to be careful during the race. If I felt dizzy after 2 miles, what the heck would happen to me attempting 26.2!
For carb loading, I made a pasta dinner for Dave and I. Plain and simple, pasta and some baked eggplant with a side salad and chocolate milk!
I went to bed early around 10 pm. It was hard to sleep. I woke up at 3 AM but was actually able to sleep a few more hours. Before I knew it, I had to get up. First thing I did was look at the weather. I scoffed at that forecast.
Sunshine, you won’t get in my way. Why? Because I’m Little Miss Runshine and I will kick your butt! So my breakfast started with some butt kicking with a side of some cereal and a few sips of iced coffee. Then I packed my oatmeal with blueberries and strawberries for the road. I also packed a couple of bagels and bananas.
Dave dropped me off at my running club’s bus at 6:10 AM. We had arrived, and we saw a bus pull up that looked like my club’s bus. It drove off so we assumed it wasn’t. Soon, more and more people for CRC showed up to get the bus. 6:30 arrived and the bus still wasn’t there. Jamie called the bus to find out where it was, and the driver said it was at the Boston Common. We all got a little nervous. Jamie called Kim who was supposed to get picked up at the next stop. She was already on the bus! The bus driver meant Cambridge Common, not BOSTON common. The bus had left our stop early and headed to the other stops. The bus finally arrived, and we headed off to Hopkington.
When we got there, I was pretty excited because before I even got off the bus, I spotted Sarah! I ran up and gave her a huge hug! I was so pumped I didn’t have to run around to find her. Then my friend and I headed to the porta potties. Before we got to the porta potties, I heard “Little Miss Runshine!” I turned, and some guy said, “You are gorgeous.” My friend and I just started laughing like middle school girls and walked away. I can’t blame the guy-I was wearing some pretty snazzy booty shorts for running and I have an ass like a pancake. So if that’s what you are looking for-then I got it! Dave is so lucky! 🙂
Between all the porta potty trips, my girlfriends had convinced ourselves that we have to enjoy the experience of this race, we can’t expect to PR. Not every race is about a PR. It would be smarter for our health to try to just enjoy and finish it. But then we said let’s PR…Party Run! We took it slow and listened to our bodies. We were leaving no woman behind.
We started at a pretty good pace at 8:30 but then realized we needed to slow it down. The combination of the heat and all the downhill in the beginning, our legs were getting tired very easily. We wanted to FINISH the race and have fun doing it. We walked when needed and stopped at every water stop. I’m sure I looked like a wet rat because every time I went through a water stop I would grab a cup of water to drink and a cup to throw all over myself.
Thank goodness for all of the amazing spectators. And the fact that the fire hydrants that were open and friendly people who would hose us down helped tremendously! There were children holding out slice oranges, twizzlers, pretzels and ICE. I would always try to grab ice and put it down the front and back of my shirt. Speaking of my shirt, I had ironed on some letters saying “Little Miss Runshine” on it, but the ‘R’ was tough for people to see. So they called me “Little Miss Sunshine.” My friends and I just laughed. Some would even say, “Goooo Little Miss…something?!” I loved it though. Writing your name on your shirt is great because you feel like the spectators know you!
The first person I actually knew that I saw was my boss and his family at mile 3.3! I spotted the sign they made and jumped up and down to try to get their attention. I wish I had remembered that my boss said he was on the LEFT side of the road split because I was on the RIGHT and I would have loved to give these little guys high fives! Check out those smile! Boss-I swear…I really do listen to you…it was just the heat that got to me 🙂
Next, I was hoping to see Liz from Food to Run For, but I missed her 🙁 I did see my friend Kristina around mile 4 though! I heard her scream my name and jumped up like crazy in excitement. Through the rest of my travels I saw Lena, my best friend Ashley (who surprised me the night before that she was coming!), a bunch of my coworkers, and Laura with her amazing sign.
Jamie and I had ended up breaking off from our two other friends. We continued our run/walk strategy. We stopped for some Pringles, salt, and of course more ice and water. One of our favorite spots was at mile 23 when we saw our running club. We ran through with huge smiles on our faces and gave our club high fives!
Once we hit mile 25, I felt pretty good. I asked Jamie if she minded if I tried to see how much I could push it and she said go for it and thanked me for sticking with her for the 25 miles. I headed off and was able to pull off about a 7:30 pace. I felt great! And then my hands started to feel tingly! I thought this probably isn’t good, but I am so close, so keep going! I tried to spot Dave and my friends but I didn’t see them but they were able to see me!
Guess what. We all finished!. It was a hot, brutal race. It was a great experience and I was able to live that experience with my friends. I can say, “Yes, I ran that Boston Marathon where it was highs of 86 degrees and FINISHED that race!” There are always other marathons out there, and this just makes me want to run more. Not every race is about a PR. They are about the memories and hurdles that you get over. I thank my girls for being there to keep me company and to help me get through this race!
After I finished, I met up with Dave and a few of my other friends at Skip Jack’s and I indulged in one of my faves…FRIED CLAMS BABY! I’m not going to lie, while I was eating my fried clams, I considered running Providence Marathon in a few weeks to try to run a faster race. Luckily I have some friends coming into town and they will help me refrain from signing up for it. I’m trying to learn self control. Being able to run a smart race at Boston and for me to wait until another marathon are small steps to that for me!
Once I finished stuffing my face, I headed home to shower and relax. Dave actually fell asleep and took a nap, but I had so much adrenaline rushing that it took me a while to get tuckered out.
Next up….TOUGH MUDDER!!!
Have you ever run a race that weather changed your plans?
This is the first time the weather really impacted my goals.
Have you ever run a race with friends or do you typically run solo?
I usually race solo, but I really enjoyed PRing (Party Running) with my girls!
What is one thing you love to eat after a race?